Proteas

De Kock set for early return

2015-01-22 09:04
Quinton de Kock (AFP)

East London - Quinton de Kock could make an early return from injury and play in the final One Day International (ODI) against the West Indies in Centurion next week.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo confirmed on Thursday the explosive wicketkeeper and opening batsman was ahead of schedule with his recovery from an ankle injury he picked up in December.

"Depending on the medical committee, if they're okay with Quinton de Kock playing the last game [he'll play]," said Domingo.

"So that's a possibility for us, and hopefully we can get him back into international cricket next Wednesday. He will join us on Friday [in Port Elizabeth], and train with us for the next few days and hopefully we'll have him ready for next Wednesday in Pretoria."

De Kock was originally only set to return to playing for the Proteas during the World Cup starting in mid-February, but the 22-year-old had made a rapid return to full-fitness.

In De Kock's absence, Rilee Rossouw had joined Hashim Amla in opening the batting, and scored his maiden ODI century in the historic 439 for two posted by South Africa in the second match of the series at the Wanderers.

The squad travels to Port Elizabeth on Thursday, ahead of the fourth ODI on Sunday at St George's Park.

South Africa clinched the five-match series 3-0 with a nine wicket win at Buffalo Park in East London on Wednesday with two games remaining.

With the series in the bag, South Africa could field a vastly different lineup in the final two matches.

"It's highly unlikely that AB de Villiers is going to keep [wicket] the next two games. My plan would be for Morne van Wyk to keep the next game.

"We'll send Hashim home today, and he will join us for the last ODI in Pretoria. I will in all likelihood give AB a rest in the last ODI, but play him on Sunday in Port Elizabeth."

The changes would see JP Duminy move up the order as he had batted just once in the series to date.

Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott and Aaron Phangiso could also come into the starting XI according to Domingo.

"We want to play everybody that's in the squad. We'll use these next two games as an opportunity for some of the fringe players to stake a claim."

While South Africa had coasted to a comprehensive series victory against a struggling West Indian outfit, Domingo was not concerned by his under-performing opponents.

"You'd rather go to the World Cup having won a series than lost one.

"We've been under pressure all year. Whether we're under pressure now or six months ago doesn't matter too much to us. We were under pressure in Australia, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe."

Read more on:    proteas  |  quinton de kock  |  cricket

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights

Fixtures
Thursday, 21 February 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, , Port Elizabeth 10:00
Sunday, 03 March 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, , Johannesburg 10:00
Wednesday, 06 March 2019
South Africa v Sri Lanka, Centurion 13:00
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.